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    New aspiring author here.

    Hey, my penname is Ace Sorou, and I'm an aspiring author. I didn't know where else to post this, but this is me saying hi.

    As an amateur author, I often write fanfics based on my favorite TV shows and games, however I feel it's time for me to create my own worlds, and publish original work. To that end, I've begun several projects. I was wondering if anyone had any advice in regards to what an author who's just starting out should do to get noticed.
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    Senior Member Ok, I really can't come up with anymore of these stupid things... srboone's Avatar
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    This is a good start; though I'm generally not a fan of psuedonyms. If a book is your work, put your name on it. A "cool" sounding name comes off flat most times.
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    To be honest, that name would make me not want to read it.

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    If you plan on using a pseudonym make it sound like a real name i. e. Richard Bachman, Jonathan Janz, A.J. Mathews or the like.

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    Thanks for the input. A funny story behind this name here...

    When I was young, I wanted to be a pilot. My dad started calling me "Ace" since ace pilots were supposed to be the best. The nickname just stuck, even after my interests changed. One day, I decided to make a last name for my nickname, just for the heck of it. So, I remembered this jingle for some cookies I liked called 'Dunk-a-roos.' All I did was replace the word 'Dunk' with the word 'Ace' and created a new word from the sounds I heard.

    It's strange, I know, but I was a kid, back then. The name has sentimental value to me, but I appreciate your input. I'll try to come up with something else.

    And before you ask, no. I'm not using my real name, because some people have a hard time believing it's my real name.

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    Senior Member Ok, I really can't come up with anymore of these stupid things... srboone's Avatar
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    Yeah. A lot of people don't believe Squire is my name. (In college, I used to tell the gullible females I met that it was my title back in England and since I couldn't keep my title when I came over to the USA, I just made it my name. That fib was somehow more believable to them, so I just wnet with it. And it worked . Once.)
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    ^The times I had seen people call you that here I assumed it was a nickname. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Sorou View Post
    Thanks for the input. A funny story behind this name here...

    And before you ask, no. I'm not using my real name, because some people have a hard time believing it's my real name.
    So... Is it completely weird, or completely normal?

    I'm a wannabe writer, too. And although I've never thought my name was great, I use my initials and last name instead of trying a pen name.
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    Pseudonyms have their uses (he said, with some bias). For me, there's a certain psychological benefit. It's a lot easier for me to explore darker subject matter when writing as Lucian Poll.

    I also like how Shaun Hutson used a few pseudonyms to write in different genres (a practice, I believe, he continues to this day). I have umpteen things in the ideas file that I'm itching to get to, but they're a mixture of horror stories and sci-fi/fantasy. Using Lucian Poll for the grittier stuff makes sense to me.

    (Plus I get to star in Randy's stories!)
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    Well, let me put it this way.

    My first name is the name of a type of bird, and my last name is what a bird does. Whenever I tell it to people, they usually say "No, seriously. What's your name?"

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    Senior Member Ok, I really can't come up with anymore of these stupid things... srboone's Avatar
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    Hmm. Chickadee Molts is a pretty neat name.
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    Kestrel Poops?
    "Dance until your feet hurt. Sing until your lungs hurt. Act until you're William Hurt." - Phil Dunphy ("Modern Family"), from Phil's-osophy.

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    I'll weigh in with Crow Flies. It was either gonna be that or Booby Pecks.
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    Then, of course, there's the Twitter thing: @LucianPoll
    ...oh, and the Facebook thing too: https://www.facebook.com/lucian.poll

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Sorou View Post
    Well, let me put it this way.

    My first name is the name of a type of bird, and my last name is what a bird does. Whenever I tell it to people, they usually say "No, seriously. What's your name?"
    Pecker shits??? Yeah, I would skip using that one too!! Seriously though, all the best with the writing whichever name you go with.

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    didn't see the part about the birds, interesting

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    Swan Dive?

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    Duck Paddles? Ok I will stop now

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    ok maybe a few more, how about Dodo Tweets or Chic Lays?

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    I'll throw a guess out there, is it Robin Peck?
    Poor guy, comes here for advice, and we make fun of his name! No offense meant!

    Looking forward to reading some of your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theli View Post
    I'll throw a guess out there, is it Robin Peck?
    Poor guy, comes here for advice, and we make fun of his name! No offense meant!

    Looking forward to reading some of your work.
    Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

    I gotta admit, I laughed hard at most of these guesses.

    If you want a sample of my work, I have my (rather amateur) fanfictions linked to the website in my profile. Be warned, however. Ponies are involved.

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